A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and attending a class of Ms. Lee Clayton Roper, co-author and chef whose book A Well-Seasoned Kitchen is a true, and sweet tribute to her lovely mother who had dinner parties and gatherings throughout her life. Lee and her mother Sally wrote this book and it truly is a sweet, and kind illumination of the special bond between this mother and daughter, working together in the kitchen and creating beautifully delicious masterpieces with ease.
This got me thinking, who inspired me to cook? Who took the time and the patience to teach me the ropes and learn the tricks of jumping in with both feet and trying to make something marvelous?
I think about it, and it was so many people.
It was my maternal Grandfather who first taught me how to make bread. He made cooking fun and we would make HUGE batches of bread and mixed the dough in a pot while it sat on the floor because my sister and I were too short to stand at the counter.
It was my paternal Grandfather who refused to let me in the kitchen, but would craft these amazing meals that would arrive on the table as if by magic. It would take me hours of sneaking around the kitchen just to see what he was doing to create such amazing meals. My favorite was the Noodles and Cheese.
It was my Father who tried every single recipe he could get his hands on, and then he refused to follow it exactly and would substitute ingredients with things he had so he didn’t have to go to the store. Each time, the food was amazing, delicious and always was a surprise.
It was my husband who taught me to take all of these experiences and put it into practical use, and even taught me to boil water before putting the noodles in for spaghetti. He showed me how to use and not be afraid of a big knife, and to try something new, and that it was always ok to fail. Worst case, there is always a fast food restaurant nearby.
The stories in A Well Seasoned Kitchen brought back memories for me that I cherish, from all aspects of my life.
Now I have an opportunity to share this sweet book with you, my dear readers. So today I offer you a contest.
Answer each question for one entry to the contest:
1. Who taught you how to cook?
2. What is one of your favorite memories about learning how to cook?
If you do the first two, and share one of your favorite recipes, you will receive 5 entries into the contest.
Two lucky winners will receive their very own copy of this book to enjoy, and to help create masterpieces to share with their friends and family.
The contest begins today and you can enter by posting on my Facebook page, sending me an email or tagging me on Twitter or Instagram. Your pick!
Good luck, this is a jewel of a book and I’m so glad to be able to offer it to you!
Hurry, contest ends March 30th, and the winner will be announced the first week of April.
Good luck and happy cooking!